Just a little update on the “to do” list for ya, I chose to work on the doors, if you visited Our Incomplete Home Tour,
and I know you did, if not I hope you will take a few minutes and visit, you may remember I mentioned only three doors,
well I totally forgot about the one at the top of the stairs which leads to our attic!
So, anyways, I have been scraping, filling, sanding, filling, sanding, painting, sanding, painting, etc…etc…
Before I began working on the doors, I painted out this newly built door jamb,
On the other hand, I will share the details of the doors themselves, each door is a very cool 4 panel, solid wood, original and each is special in its own way…
Some call it character, if these doors could talk, I think they could tell some very interesting stories.
I often find myself imagining just who, and what went on in this old house.
I would love to have met the man who built this home and the family that lived in it, ya know this home is over 100 years old!
It was built in another location, 25 miles from here, I can imagine how it must have felt to live in those days when this home was brand new!
Wow! It’s history and I love daydreaming about it with every stroke of the paintbrush, we are preserving history,
this home will live on, long after we’re gone! That’s Awesome to me, I Love this old house!!!
You see no matter how much I sand and scrape and paint, it feels good…
It makes me Happy, It makes me Sing, It makes me Dance!
no wonder it takes me foorr…eever to get anything done, with all the daydreaming singing and dancing going on…..
enough of that, back to business.
This door belongs to Gary, the Den/Office/Guestroom (blue room), Glidden’s French Grey, to be exact, a beautiful Blue /Grey shade.
We love the color in the room, we are going for a calm serene feel in this room and this color does it! Do you see the special character of this door?
If you look closely, you can see it is a bit wonky and it has a broken panel (large crack).
The plan is to stain the new trim for this room in a custom chocolate mahogany shade that matches our Ethan Allen entertainment unit.
I would like the door stained to match also, but it would take a lot of extra work to strip the door down to bare wood, 10 years ago, I may have done just that, but I am growing
weary lazy in my old age and am more willing to look for alternatives.
The room will have accents of black so I decided to paint this side of the door black.
The opposite side faces the hallway where I’m going for a bright, cheery, welcoming feeling in a golden-yellow shade with all white trim, so white it is!
Did you notice this awesome vintage hardware?
Why would anyone paint over this?… nevermind, I know those kind of painters, but I am not one of them.
I know some of us would love to have this look just as is, and I do love this look maybe to decorate with but on my newly painted door I felt I needed to restore it as best I can. They turned out awesome! I’ll show you how I removed the paint from all the hardware in another post soon.
So this is how this door got its smile!
First I removed the hardware. All the doors had six large deep holes drilled into them, where a screw was inserted to help hold them together.
The holes had to be filled, I used wooden dowels and glue to fill them.
Check out this special character….
Next, I scraped off any loose paint, sanded the whole thing with 80 grit sandpaper, filled cracks and holes and sanded again with 120 grit sandpaper then painted the first coat, sanded again with the 120 grit and painted the second coat, installed the restored hardware and voilà!
I’m calling her Black Beauty! Can you see her smile?? Isn’t she Sexy! I am a little partial to the black one, because she’s different, the white one is common but
of course they are both Sexy! Which one do you like best?
Because I just cannot wait to show you…..
Here’s a close up of the restored door hardware (even more Sexy)!
and of course I did the same work on both sides and the second door as well…Two down,Two to go!
I think this old house Loves me too!
If any of you would like to see a step by step on how I re-finished these doors, I will be glad to show you in another post after I finish the next two.
Please let me know.I would also love to hear from y’all about any project you have taken on recently!
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